By Tom Stark, 07/18/2012
Jeremy Dys hit a home run with his commentary on the upcoming “workshop” in Charleston, WV involving a pastor by the name of Kay Albright from Bridges of Grace United Church of Christ in Charleston, WV. The reason for the workshop – billed as “Face to Faith: God & Gays” – a workshop designed to answer questions about the Bible and its meaning” – is apparently to promote the idea that God does not think that homosexuality is a sin any more.
She believes this, according to the Charleston Gazette article, based on the idea that societal mores have changed and the Word of God (as recorded in the Bible) needs to be interpreted differently now. After all she says,
“We’ve come so far in understanding sexuality. It’s impossible to equate our society with the audience the Bible was written for at that time. We’re in a very different place in 2012.”
So, in order to get a little better idea of just who Kay Albright is and what makes her tick, I took a trip over to her blog where I found more evidence that this lady preaches the same sort of drivel that our current President, Barack Obama, “preaches” about our U.S. Constitution being obsolete and in need of updating by those more enlightened minds of today.
She truly believes that the Bible is subject to updated interpretations to keep pace with societal changes since the days in which it was written. And here, all this time, I was convinced beyond a doubt that the Bible was the infallible, unerring Word of God recorded and passed down by the prophets and principals that had first-hand knowledge of the history, the religion, and the failures of mankind before and during the time Christ walked on earth as a human being. Are we, as believers living in the past? To that question I unapologetically state, “Not at all!”
Much of Albright’s blog postings flow in the vein of “go-along to get-along” philosophy where everything is relative and there are no longer absolutes to interfere with being able to live one’s life in any manner we choose and not see any consequences for our behavior. A few examples:
- February 1, 2011, entry: “For example, the original Hebrew word used in the commandment “Thou shall not kill” for kill, literally meant outside the womb. The Hebrew language has a subtlety that English does not. So, no matter where you sit on the abortion issue, it is not appropriate to use this commandment as the reason.
Now that’s a new twist isn’t it? I have heard that “kill” in this context could be translated as “murder” meaning the killing of another human with malice, but never came close to anyone who interprets the word that way.
- March 20, 2011, entry: “Temptation is not a gateway to sin, but an opportunity to grow in God. Temptation is not the penalty of being a human; temptation is the glory of being a human.”
Correct me if I am wrong, but a statement like that, in the context of preaching a sermon on Matthew 4:1-11, seems a bit of a stretch. Christ was tempted by the devil three times as I remember the story and withstood the increasingly attractive offers knowing that God expects us to know a temptation as something that will lead us astray, not glorify our humanity. Sure, resisting temptation could be called “Christ-like” behavior, but it hardly sounds like this lady’s interpretation hits the nail anywhere near the board much less the head.
In summary, it breaks my heart to see people with this mind-set in the position of influencing Christians in a way that leads them down a path that they probably don’t want to be when it comes time for the reckoning that we all face one day.
The highly disturbing part of this information is that it is an oft-repeated error on the part of many different denominations that used to follow the Word closely. In recent years, many have succumb to the “politically correct”, “more inclusive”, or “social justice” approach rather than adhering to the very clearly articulated Word of God as embodied in the Scriptures. It is more critical today than ever before that the unadulterated Truth be first in the minds of those who love Christ and want to see people drawn to his salvation.
And finally, with regard to the issue of homosexuality, it is clearly a sin. However, even as it seems more and more cliché to say it, we must remember to love the sinner but hate the sin. By doing so, we will win more souls than we lose.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.